DISCERNING THE PROMISE OF OUR NATION’S FUTURE
Understanding differences in philosophical humanity is knowledge worth knowing; especially, when a national election hangs in the balance. Can anyone tell how many worldviews exist in the world? The thought came to me Sunday night during 60 Minutes interview with the king of Jordan, a sovereign country in the Middle East. Then yesterday, when the conversion from Muslim to Christian caught my attention. That is called a worldview tweek we can apply here..
King Abdulah appeared to be a man who understands his worldview as a monarch of an Islamic state. “There are around 1.6 billion Muslims in the world, comprising over 23% of the world’s population. But, the radical, Jihadist movement is only 2% of Islam. [Islam, ‘submission’, is the religion, while Muslim, ‘believer in Allah’, is the person following Islam.](Google.com)
“Jihad is a worldwide movement against unbelievers — in Muhammad, who began the Islamic religion — or radical intolerance of any other worldview.” King Abdullah said, confident that he is safe in his worldview. The Islamic worldview is his worldview, but the worldviews of the world are not the same. . .as we can define here as Theism.
I managed to do some research to find the best answer — this is not difficult. I learned they are as few as fingers on your hand [– although a division may exist whether right or left]. The king of Jordan represents the same worldview as does Israel, and the Vatican, and every Christian because all are theists — although worship different gods, but agree one — single supreme being exists. The worldviews: Naturalism, Pantheism, Theism, Spiritism, and Pluralism — simple. (Dennis McCallum, Tyndale, tgcresourses.com)
THE BIG PICTURE
Professor Carol Hill says, “By ‘worldview’ I mean the basic way of interpreting things and events that pervades a culture so thoroughly that it becomes a culture’s concept of reality — what is good, what is important, what is sacred, what is real. Worldview is more than culture, even though the distinction between the two can sometimes be subtle. It extends to perceptions of time and space, of happiness and well-being. The beliefs, values, and behaviors of a culture stem directly from its worldview.” (University of Glasgow, Scotland, http://www.gla.ac.uk)
A good definition is worth a thousand words. According to the Dr. Hill’s definition, each of the five worldviews are further broken into categories in common that help complete the comparison of concepts: i.e. God plus truth equals reality, etc..
OUR FOCUS TODAY IS A COMING ELECTION
We are not electing a king, or a queen, but probably greater — the top leader of the free world. King Abdullah was appointed by his dying father, since he was the crown prince. In just a few weeks we citizens will elect one of the two candidates that have earned their place. They are vastly different, and the consequences of choosing wrongly is huge. One represents theism, while the other represents atheism, naturalism (modernism) or pluralism (postmodernism).
So, with this little research, how can our country be changed for the better? My conclusion is prayer. Only God can enable a person to wakeup to revealed knowledge and understanding — to see the error of his way — and stop, turn around, and begin their new and improved direction . . . And not just prayer with words, but prayer of the heart, even ecstatic prayer.
“The dialogical character of prayer is most fully realized in the so-called passive or mystical prayer, in which the divine motion is in the foreground of consciousness and divine love stirs the heart, and the loving majesty of God manifests itself in infused contemplation. Though the prayer is called passive, man is not purely passive in it. On the contrary, one is never so completely and utterly active as when God moves him by the graces of mystical prayer. But in this mystical experience the “divine partner in the dialogue” is in the foreground rather than the human response. In mystical prayer, the soul experiences the life in grace and from grace as a gift of divine love. It is the experience of faith in its most exalted realization.” (Bernard Haring, Christian contemplation, Wikipedia)
LEARNING CONTEMPLATIVE PRAYER
To begin with, I thought a logical conclusion might be made from learning the complexity of worldviews, but no longer. Now we hear of dialogical character of prayer is a level above what we are doing. Most worldviews, or half, have prayers; the theists, and the pantheists. But the naturalists (modernist) and the pluralists (postmodernist) don’t — and cannot pray.
The reality of Christian prayer is that it changes things.
“Don’t allow discouragement over unanswered prayer to cause you to doubt that God has heard you. If you have received Jesus, and pray in his name, then God hears you and something is happening whether you see it or not. In fact, every time you pray, you are advancing God’s purposes for you. Without prayer, the full purpose God has for you can’t happen.” [Stormie Omartian, 7 Prayers that will change your life forever, Christianitytoday.com (confession, salvation, release, submission, praise, promise, and blessing.)]
ONLY GOD CAN CHANGE THE ATHEIST HEART
All the worldview issues of our nation can be humbly placed in the Father’s hands. As followers of Jesus Christ, we are kings and priests by faith in his word and his will. We live to please the Father, and to grow closer to him and his church. If it is his will that our nation is led into an atheistic government, then, so be it. The end will just come sooner.
When King Abdullah was asked his opinion of the progress of his nation, he said. “We have 160,000 children in school, unemployment under 50%, over 9 million unemployed, the world has a stake in the Jordanian economy. We call the Jihadists outlaws — a sect that splintered from Islam in the first century. Only 2% of Islam are jihadist.
“Refugees are stranded. Jordan endures because the price of failure is much too high. We understand worldview differences. We pride ourselves with confidence, of who we are in our reality, and our struggle keeps us united to thrive.” (He was in military uniform as a major general, while the troops yelled, “Long live the king!” “Long live the king!“)
A SECULAR MUSLIM IS CONVERTED TO CATHOLICISM – The Tweek
“Glancing at life’s rear-view mirror, there is always a temptation to impose more cohesion on one’s thoughts than they possessed at the time. I’m no doubt doing that now. But if I were to boil down my worldview as a young man, before I came to the faith, to a single idea, it would be this: man’s place in the world is unsettled; we are homeless.” -Solrab Ahmari, My Journey from Tehran to Rome
There is hope for Muslims to see the light. A young secular Muslim from Iran, Sohrab Ahmari, a Wall Street Journal editor, is reported, by the Catholic Herald this week, to have become a Christian. You can read the testimonial here, which explains his Philosophy college major, understanding his worldview needed tweeking, and why Catholicism was his choice.
An atheist is like my father was, he lived a long rewarding, moral life as an atheist. He learned it from his father, who learned from his father. So, when he died, he went to be with his fathers. I was unable to influence him otherwise. Our federal government is set in it’s atheisic worldview too. When God changes our government, through a miraculous election of a conservative theist, he will get all the glory for it.
The king of Jordan is in the perfect time and place for his own powerful revelation from Elohim God (not Allah). We can pray for him just like we are praying for Israel and Jerusalem. Peace! King Abdulah is well educated and very close to realizing that his reality needs a tweek. Just as editor Ahmari discovered Jesus is King of kings, so can king Abdulah.
May Adonai bless and keep you,
Please consider former posts about prayer: